Most of the digital cameras suffer from this snag – they do not take the shot instantly when you press the shutter. In other words, there is a time lag between you pressing the shutter and the camera taking the photograph, which is known as shutter lag. This lag time often comes in the way of clicking a great picture, especially of a moving subject because you click the photo when you see that the subject is in perfect position but by the time the camera captures it, it will have changed its position. So, here are some tips to help you deal with shutter lag by reducing or getting rid of it, or even by adjusting and preparing yourself for it.
The least you can do is try to anticipate it, minimize it or get rid of it. However, you may never even notice it if you strictly take photos of static scenes as it’s really only noticeable when trying to shoot a moving subject.
Use a professional camera
It’s recommended that you use a professional or semi-professional SLR camera. These types of cameras come with old-style mechanical shutters which don’t lag. But you have to use its eyepiece when taking photos.
Change your camera settings
You can also reduce shutter lag by changing your camera’s settings. For instance, if you have the anti-red-eye setting turned on it will delay the photo-taking process because the flash is fired several times before the picture is taken.
If you wait for the camera to set the focus and exposure before capturing an image you have to wait for the small motors to do their job and move certain parts of your lens. However, if you set the focus and exposure manually you can eliminate this lag. If you’d rather keep the automatic settings on you’ll notice that when you press the shutter you can hear and feel the camera going through the motions as it prepares to take the photo.
Once the process is completed the image will be captured. But if you push the shutter half way down the exposure and focusing will be set. This means once you press it the rest of the way down it won’t have to go through the process again as it’s already been done and the shutter lag will be greatly reduced.
Use multi exposure
Anticipating shutter lag can be a bit difficult as it will take quite a bit of practice to figure out exactly how much lag time your camera has. But it’s still pretty hard to capture an image at the perfect moment even when you have it figured out. You could try to get around this by using the multi-exposure setting on the camera if it has one.
This will enable you to take photos as fast as possible one right after another. It can be very helpful when trying to capture a moving subject as one of the shots usually works out. This method is common now since the introduction of digital cameras. It is pretty costly when done with film.